Blast from the past: April 2013

11 Years AgoDoty, Magic, swing their way to first at home invite
Monticello’s golf season started the same way spring did in 2002, slowly. But as the weather started to heat up, so did the golfers. And it all came together just in time for the Magic’s home invite, the 16-team Monticello Invitational at the Monticello Country Club.
On a nice day, Monticello’s scores were even nicer. Justen Doty led the way for the Magic, carding multiple birdies on his way to a team-best 74. His performance was the second best of the day at the large invite.
The three other scorers for the Magic were Tony Swanson, who totaled 76 strokes, Jeff Cannon, 78, and Kyle Anderson with 79.
“All four scorers played very well,” said Coach Bruce Balder-Lanoue at the time. “None of them had the big numbers on any of the holes.”
The four golfers combined for a total of 307, which put them comfortably ahead of second-place Spring Lake Park, who finished with 313 total strokes. Cambridge-Isanti finished third with 315 and Buffalo, behind Tyler Olson’s 70, finished fourth with 322.

18 Years AgoWalter leads Magic track to third place finish
On a day that wasn’t conducive to strong track and field performances, Chanteil Walter managed to turn in a dandy during April of 1995. Despite, or perhaps because of, windy conditions, the thrower put forth a career-best effort in the discus. Her toss of 138’3” wasn’t just her best ever though, it was also the best at the Monticello Invitational, including being eight feet ahead of Kristin Ogle of Grand Rapids, the defending state champion in the event.
Walter’s performance helped boost the Magic in a field with tough competition.
Grand Rapids would go on to win the invite with a score of 92, while Sartell, the defending champion, finished second with 80 points. Monticello came in third with 62.
Other top performers for the Magic included Marisa Kiebel, who finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 28.2 seconds, and then anchored the 4×400 relay team to a second place finish in a close race. Kiebel’s split in the relay, 62 seconds, would have won the 400-meter dash at the invite.
Monticello had two other first-place finishers besides Walter. Heather Kanthak won the long jump with a distance of 15’2”, and they also put forth a winning effort in the 4×800 relay. Kelly Anderson, Erin Gunderson, Julie Gronau and Jen Schmidt easily won the race with a time of 10:15.
The girls capped the strong week by winning a cold and rainy home meet against St. Francis, Fridley and Columbia Heights. Kanthak and Walter each won two events at that meet, while Gronau and Jessica Jordan each took home one first place of their own.

25 Years AgoKen Swanson, Redmen, blitz field at home track meet
In April of 1988 the weather was warm and the Redmen track and field team was hot. Hosting the first big meet of the season, the Monticello boys crushed the rest of the field, scoring 142 points. That was 42 points more than second-place Pierz. And well ahead of the rest of the seven-team field.
Ken Swanson was one of many top performers for Monticello. The senior thrower finished second in the shot put competition with a toss of 47’6”, but more importantly, he set a new school record. That throw broke the record previously held by Tim Juntunen.
In the track part of the meet, Monticello seperated itself from the field. Sophomore Paul Johnson had a big all-around meet, finishing in the top three of three different events.
Despite hitting the last two hurdles of the 300-meter race, Johnson stayed in front of the pack for a victory, and time of 42.9 seconds. He also won the triple jump, going 39’7”. And in the high jump, he finished third, clearing a height of 5’8”.
Other first place efforts came courtesy of Brian McConnon, who ran to first in the high hurdles with a time of 16.4 seconds, and the Redmen medley relay team. Luke Dahlheimer, Nate Youngs, Scott Quick and Trevor Hartman clocked a time of 3:52 on their way to a first-place finish.
The 4×100 team, made up of Tod Wadsworth, Todd Gau, Chris Meyer and Youngs, also finished first. They ran a time of 45.5 seconds.